Diverse Communities Are Stronger Communities

Decades of research on large, innovative organizations shows that social diversity generates better technical and financial outcomes. When people of diverse backgrounds come together to solve problems, they bring different perspectives and generate new and better ideas.

At The Linux Foundation we believe that diverse open source communities lead to superior, sustainable open source technologies. That’s why we are working to create supportive and welcoming communities across all of our projects.

By providing free or low-cost access to events and skills training, we are also committed to making sure our future includes a well-trained, diverse workforce. And our partnerships with other nonprofit organizations and sponsorship of community events help expand our reach to underserved communities that wouldn’t otherwise have access to these opportunities.

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Diversity Scholarships

The Linux Foundation provides hundreds of scholarships to women and others from underrepresented communities worldwide to attend our events every year.

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Free Training

We also offer training scholarships for our full course catalog, along with free or low-cost training through our Massive Online Open Courses (MooCs) in partnership with edX.

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Inclusive Speaker Training

Learn how to better communicate with people who are different from you. Created in collaboration with the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), this orientation course is designed to provide you with essential background knowledge and practical skills to promote inclusivity in presentations, messaging, and other communications. The Linux Foundation requests that all speakers at our events complete this training course.

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Funding

Part of being a welcoming and inclusive community is supporting the projects in our ecosystem that are critically important to developers and users, but on their own lack the resources to keep them viable. The Linux Foundation provides support to a number of these projects through grants and human capital.

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Diversity at The Linux Foundation

The Linux Foundation is also committed to diversity within our own teams.

5 of 22 board members, or 23%, are women

vs. Fortune 1000 average of 20%

Women comprise 48% of our workforce of 170

vs. 36% of the U.S. tech industry

Women make up 40% of our management team

vs. 20% of U.S. tech executives